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Informal food trade vital to traders' and consumers' livelihoods

Street barbequed sheep heads, walkie-talkies (BBQ chicken heads and feet) and intestines might not be to familiar to middle-class white South Africans but they are an important - largely underestimated - South African...

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With food prices at historic highs, The Economist proclaimed in 2007 that this portended ‘the end of cheap food’. But we are also seeing increasing concerns over the quality of the food we eat, and an emerging consensus that it is not very good for us. Is this perhaps this the end of an...

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A new agri-business investor, Premier Corn Limited, is looking to promote an outgrower scheme for commercial cassava production with small-scale farmers in Zambia’s Kalumbila district (a new district promulgated by President Edgar Chagwa Lungu in October 2015). The initiative followed mining...

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South Africa’s food system is dominated by large corporations to an unusual extent.Through economies of scale and efficiencies, they make a significant contribution to basic food security by making it possible for poor people to secure their basic calorie needs.  But they exercise an undue...

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Small-scale farmers are vital to agriculture and rural development in marginalised Mozambique, but government needs to provide more support. This is evidenced by the story of Mr Alberto Luciano Chapahea (photo below) who owned a successful small-scale commercial chicken farm in Alto...

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